Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina

Opera Carolina, the region’s largest professional opera company, has been providing area students, teachers, and families with not only first-rate performances, but also a wonderful vehicle into their classroom curriculum through its educational programs.  Since 1971, Opera Carolina has been committed to providing these experiences and is dedicated to continuing its highly acclaimed programs and bettering them with each season.




  1600 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204




Opera Xpress (Virtual)

Program description

30 minutes of bilingual musical storytelling brought right to your digital classroom! 

Opera Xpress, Opera Carolina’s educational touring company, provides delightful productions of children’s operas to help teachers use opera as a classroom resource and help students understand and appreciate opera as an art form that integrates all of the fine arts and humanities. This year’s performance is designed for the screen and tailored to K-5 age groups with curriculum guide activities that address the most up-to-date standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, and more.

2020/21 Feature:

Bear Hug/Abrazo de Oso

Bernardo the Spanish brown bear is feeling lonely and lost when he meets Polly the panda bear and Marla the Koala bear. Although Bernardo doesn’t speak the same language, he and Polly and Marla are able to turn Griff, the mean grizzly bear, from bully to friend by discovering that even though we are each different on the outside, our hearts are all the same!

This production is English/Spanish bilingual and features zarzuela music (Spanish opera).

Booking / scheduling contact

Ashley Lam

   704.332.7177 x109


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Music, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: European
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Virtual/Online Program, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten
Subject: Dance, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

Virtual performance is viewable for a 2-week span from agreed upon start date.

Live Q&A with performers are available on select dates in November, December, January, February, March, April and May


Available times:

Virtual performance available any time during a 2-week span determined by the school.

Live Q&A to be determined upon booking.


Length of program: 30 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Device with internet access


YouTube, Zoom or other school-approved virtual meeting platform

Fees / Ticketing:

$150 for 2-week performance access + 1 live Q&A session with artists (up to 100 students on Q&A)

$50 for each additional Q&A session


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL1: Students will prepare for and participate effectively in conversations and collaborations with diverse partners to build on their own and others’ ideas while expressing them clearly and persuasively.

W3 and W9: Students will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events while using effective technique and will draw supporting evidence from literary and/or informational texts.

R7 and R9: Students will integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and will analyze how these mediums’ content address similar themes and topics to build knowledge or compare approaches.

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Music K-5 Standards: CR.1: Students will understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with the art form of opera through the performance and the study guide’s various activities, including exploration into the art forms relevancy in today’s world.

MR.1: Students will understand the interacting elements to respond to music and operatic performances including, but not limited to, performance etiquette, voice types, settings, and more.

From the Social Studies Standards: K-5.H.1: Students will explore and understand many facets of culture through the performance and the guide’s activities.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Sponsoring school/group must provide cancellation in writing within two weeks of the performance viewing window’s start date. If sponsor cancels less than two weeks in advance, sponsor may be subject to pay partial performance fees.